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Medical Cannabis for Health Professionals, Graduate Certificate Courses

The following are courses in the Cannabis, Graduate Certificate program.

Required Courses

MC 701: Introduction to the Cannabis Industry

3 Credits
Cannabis is an evolving industry, with industry experts predicting that it has the potential to transform not just medicine but our economy and culture. You’ve probably already noticed the rise in popularity of a few cannabis-related products such as CBD creams and oils. But while some cannabis products are available for sale in some U.S. states, in other states consumers have no access to them. So, what’s causing these patterns of popularity yet restricted access?

In this course, you’ll discover the answer to this question and more. In this course, you’ll review the history of cannabis use in the United States from a legal and cultural standpoint, which will provide a good foundation for understanding the state of the industry today. You’ll also learn about the cannabis plant and cannabis pharmacology. These topics will help you get a good understanding of what the cannabis plant looks like and how it’s grown. These topics will also give you an insight into how cannabis interacts with the human body and the results of those interactions—both potentially positive and potentially adverse outcomes. Our bodies have a system that’s uniquely capable of interacting with compounds found in the cannabis plant! In this course, you’ll explore this system in detail. You’ll also explore the many routes and methods of consuming cannabis, including an array of available products.

Toward the end of the course, you’ll examine the risks and dilemmas faced by cannabis businesses and users today, as well as the many potential opportunities that the cannabis industry has to offer. With this understanding, you will be able to identify your place in this evolving industry.

MC 710: Cannabis Pharmacology

3 Credits
This course will provide an overview of the physiology of the endocannabinoid system and an intensive review of the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids.

MC 711: Pharmacognosy of Cannabis

3 Credits
This course will provide an overview of the pharmacognosy (the study of medicines produced from natural sources) of cannabis, the botanical classification of cannabis, and the chemistry, biosynthesis, and activity of the chemical compounds found in cannabis.

MC 712: Medical Uses of Cannabis: From Theory to Practice

3 Credits
This course provides a list of selected qualifying conditions currently thought to benefit from cannabis use. In this course, students will examine the literature supporting the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of neurological, gastrointestinal, and psychiatric conditions. Students will also review key components of patient communication and education.